http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/page/5-on-5-120403/nba-draft-anthony-davis-better-blake-griffin Bruce Bowen-nba champion who played with Tim Duncan and David Robinson
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/stewart_mandel/04/01/Anthony.Davis/ nba talent evaluator comments here.
http://m.975thefanatic.com/2012/04/larry-brown-believes-anthony-davis-is-in-the-same-class-as-wilt-chamberlain-and-oscar-robertson/ Larry Brown who was with The Spurs when they drafted David Robinson.
So it's not just us on this board saying it.
No one has brought any points to counter the fact he has barely any post game, is a mediocre shooter, and really didn't 1 on 1 guard any great players in college. He will alter shots, and alter games with his shot blocking. That doesn't mean he can guard good NBA PF's 1 on 1. Again, I said 17/10. Thats pretty darn good. But calling him the best prospect in years and all this other BS is just absurd. 1-10? Last night was the first time ever 1-10 was great.
FvckSwag666: Have you ever watched Davis play? He was an exceptionally good offensive big man this year.
He scored over 14 ppg super efficiently and was an elite offensive rebounder. To say he isn't at least a good offensive player, especially considering he has lots of room to grow and was much better at the end of the season than the beginning, is plain ignorant. If you think his ceiling is 17 and 10, what do you think the ceiling of MKG or Barnes or even the talented Perry Jones III is?
@FvckSwag: If that was the first time you have seen a player shoot 1-10, but still have a positive impact on his team, you need to watch more basketball. That said, it was impressive that Davis could easily appear to be the top player on the court while making only a single shot. Switch Vargas with Davis, and Robinson may have gone for 30. There was a reason Thomas Robinson was 1-9 in the 1st half, with all of his misses failing to touch the rim. There was a reason Kansas' guards struggled to score in the paint. And Davis was a major factor in Kentucky dominating Kansas on the boards in the first half and getting a bunch of easy transition scores. And Davis' danger cutting to the rim also has consistently freed up Kentucky's wings for open shots throughout the season.
In my support of Davis, I have accentuated his positives. His jumper isn't consistent right now, although it is superior to that of the most 19 year old NBA big men prospects. His post game isn't consistent yet, although it looks like it could be dangerous in the near future. Davis' hook shots appear practically unblockable. He was sloppy with his boxing out early in the year, although he looked really good in the tournament. And sometimes, as he gained more confidence in his offensive ability, he tried to do too much on offense.
Despite those flaws, he is easily the top prospect in this year's draft.
Edit: And while Davis does have flaws as a 1 on 1 defender right now due to a lack of strength, he is hardly a poor 1 on 1 defender, and could be an elite post defender once he fills out. He already has gained weight and strength in the past year, and he should be able to gain more without losing much athleticism, given his young age and broad shoulders.
Anthony Davis is a "post player". No kid coming out of college has a legit post game. In the NBA today, if you can catch an oop and have a hook toward the lane you are considered to have a good post game. Moves will come. Blake is the better dunker. Davis is already a better FT shooter.He was the MVP of the championship game cuz he dominated defnsively...blocks, rebounds and steals. He didnt have to shoot. Did Blake ever beat Kansas? How about Durant when it counted? Davis's game is far ahead of Oden when everyone was drooling over him. Same for Noah.
He isnt in the LeBron class but the dude is good. There was a stat that when he is the #1 pick he will be in the same class as Oscar, Jabbar and Danny Manning. Even if he is only Danny Manning offensively that is still good. Larry Brown and Bob Knight called him Bill Russell like
I love Davis, the only problem I have with him is his strength. Now at first I thought that Durant was also not very strong when he came out, I believe he wasn't able to get a single rep of 185, while Mike Conley was able to get 13. I would give a link to the results, but it's from the forbiden site, but everyone else that did the bench press got at least 1, except the future SuperStar(and MVP, I think he's gonna win it this year). Big Baby, Yi(The chairman) and Oden had an N/A, so I assume they didn't take it.
But Durant was a 6'10.5 shooting guard, that basically was a jumpshooter his first year, and now he is a bit stronger, his pre-draft weight was 215, and he's now listed at 235, but Davis will have to battle inside, so to me it's a must for him to get stronger, great talent, I'd love for him to use his ball handling a bit more, but he seems like a great kid that plays through the offense, but I don't see him taking the league by storm right away. A 14 and 10 season with 2.5 blocks a game for a rookie season if he doesn't get stronger. If he does he'll probably do better, but if I had to choose between Davis and Cousins, I would choose Cousins.
Why would you choose Cousins if Davis is capable of putting up 14, 10, and 2.5 as a 20 year old rookie. Cousins puts up greater raw numbers, but he is a mediocre defender, and he shot 43% as a rookie. A 14, 10, and 2.5 season from Davis would almost certainly be superior to Cousins rookie season, and Davis looks like he can play within a team's offense without hogging the ball or taking bad shots.
I don't mean to be excessively negative about Cousins, but very few bigs who average 14 and 10 in the league are inferior players to Cousins, as Cousins is not quite the player his raw numbers suggest, and Davis looks like he'll develop into an elite defender and doesn't appear ready to have his efficiency drop dramatically.
^Because Cousins played only 28 minutes that season, and this year he is playing much better, foul trouble is still an issue but it's improving, he is averaging 17 and 11 in 30 minutes per game and is only 21. I completely understand you taking Davis, you couldn't go wrong either way, and I understand that Davis is the superior defensive player, but Couins is a complete beast, and there is definatly defensive potential there.
Cousins would murder Davis, and I would pick Cousins 7days of the week over Davis.
Some of yall going overboard with Anthony Davis, now I am a fan but he needs to prove himself at the pro level.
Don't forget Davis averaged 14.4 PPG 10.4 RPG and 4.7 Blocks per in 32 minutes per game at UK
Cousins averaged 15.1 PPG 10.0 RPG 1.8 BPG in 23 MPG at UK
If Cousins had the mature part together it would be over.
I can see where you're coming from, but I think Davis will be the type of player who, even if his raw numbers are worse than Cousins, helps his team win in a way Cousins can't. I just don't like Cousins mentality on the court, and he is still only shooting 44% from the field despite his strength and size. I just don't see the improvement or the potential for such improvement in Cousins that I see from Davis. Cousins ceiling is exceptionally high, but I don't think he is as likely to come close to reaching it, while Davis is more likely to fulfill his potential.
Cousins may have put up big numbers at UK, but he wasn't as valuable a part of that team as Davis was to his team. Cousins also has started to really drift out and shoot too many jumpers since entering the NBA, while Davis is more talented from the perimeter. Bear in mind, Cousins is a center and Davis is best suited as a PF.
Davis is not that talented from the perimeter, what has he done for you to say that? Showed the ability to push the ball up? Shoot a copule mid ranges? He's not that talented out there in fact I saw nothing this year that said he is, don't get me wrong he is the #1 pick, but some of yall are overdoing it on Davis.
He is definitely more talented than Cousins on the perimeter. He isn't a player who is going to score a bunch in iso situations from the perimeter, but he could be a good option on the pick-and-pop, who can shoot a jumper or attack off the dribble. He is a post player, so it is good he didn't just drift around the perimeter in college, but, while he is an unfinished product, has some perimeter skills not commonly found in players with 7'6" wingspans.
So you would take Anthony Davis over Demarcus Cousins? Seriously?
Yes, I would. I suppose I agree with the mainstream opinion on this issue. Davis really has justified the hype, and Cousins really is a long way from being a star.
Davis hasn't justified any hype, people already knew what he was going to do this year at UK, next year is when he has to justify the hype, and no Cousins is an attitude adjustment away from being a star.
FastAndFurious: Being the best player in college basketball as a freshman doesn't justify any hype. Before the season, most people referred to Davis as raw and while the expectations were high, I don't think many people expected him to be the top player in college basketball. What more do you want?
Let me know when Cousins has an "attitude adjustment." OK, that was harsh. I do believe Cousins will eventually put the pieces together and become an all-star, but I don't think he will simply decide that he will actually play well next year. He isn't the first chucker to ever put up big numbers on a bad team.
Davis might have the intangibles, but there is just somthing about Cousins that forces me to look pas the immaturatiy and disturbingly low field goal percentages. I have no doubt in my mind Davis will be a force in his prime and I know Davis' UK team is loaded, but so was Cousins' and he had 15 and 9 in just 22 minutes a game there.
I'm not going to compare the two's UK stats, I am aware that Davis took a very few amount of shots, and he had a greater impact all around than Cousins, but there is just somthing about DeMarcus when you watch him play that makes you think he's can be so much better. Right now his game is face up and drive. He's just to strong and powerful to stop when he's headed full steam toward the basket. In due time his shot selection will get better, his midrange shot will become reliable, and he will develop a low post back to the basket game and will hopefully get guards with an agenda other than dribble-dribble shoot. 18 and 11 at age 21, I know it's not producing wins, but it just makes you wonder what the future holds, if he can get that FG% up to even 48% over the next year or two that woud be great. But no doubt in my mind Anthony Davis will be a special player as well.
I mean he did justify a little hype, MAYBE winning player of the year was it, but everyone knew he was the centerpiece to UK winning it all, don't act like he wasn't the #1 recruit by every HS website in America.
And just a further testament to Cousins potential, not saying he is the best or anything but in the last 10 games out of all the bigs in the League Cousins averages are 22.6 PPG and 10.7 RPG in 32.3 MPG. Only one big is playing better and thats Kevin Love.
And don't forget them numbers are with shot hunters Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton and also Isaiah Thomas get shots as well.
Just imagine if an offense was based around Cousins. I mean you have your reasons to pick Davis to each his own, but Cousins is better.
OK, I see your point. I disagree with your final assessment, but I can see what you see in Cousins. He could be a dominant low post scorer, and maybe could become a full-fledged star in another situation later in his career. Sacramento isn't the greatest team for developing a star young player with issues concerning his decision making on the court.
I am the least close minded person on here. I am not saying he will be great or not, just stating opinion. When I state fact, I say that there were other players that were just as impressive as Davis was in college. They may not have had the team success because they didnt have the collective group.
I am an old guy here, I saw Ralph Sampson and he was better than Davis...because he was just as dominant defensively, but Sampson had a much better offensive game at the same stage. Plus he was 5 inches taller. Players just werent coming out of HS or one-n-dones at that time. Had Davis played back then he wouldnt have been either. The difference with him coming out back then and being behind Shaq and Zo, etc... is nobody wouldve picked him because he is not physically mature. They wouldve said that he needs to stay a couple of years to get stronger.
Now, its all about potential. If Shaq or Sampson were playing today, they would go ahead of Davis.
I did say that we have to wait and see how good he becomes. All I am saying is, I dont get that hyped up.
I dont see how he was a better prospect than Durant.
Lastly, skillset and IQ he is absolutely better than Drummond, but that doesnt mean a whole lot to me because as I said, Farmar is not even 2 years older than Westbrook, he went pro after 1 year.....Westbrook came in as an unknown and nobody wouldve drafted him after his 1st year, 2nd year, different story. There are many other examples, like Telfair and Rondo, look at Derrick Williams...he was the least touted of those players going to Arizona that year, players just develop and different rates.
About 2 months ago people on this site were saying they wouldnt take Davis over Drummond. Then gradually it became a debate. Now Drummond is out of the question. Why, because he didnt have a great season and Davis did? That has nothing to do with the NBA.
Let me say, as a college player, I am no way saying he is overated. When we are talking about NBA, I am not saying he wont be great...I am saying personally, I think it will take him about 3 years before he becomes an elite level player.
I will not say he is guaranteed to be great however and I will not say he will be a better player than Drummond....there is no proof of that, not even with the championship season and the POY awards.
I could easily change my mind once I see Davis in the NBA, to me he is one of the most exciting players to watch. But when you think of dominant bigs, the guys you think of are big and bulky. Think about it, Timmy was no body builder, but he had a good build and was strong enough to hold his ground, Kevin Love has wide shoulders and a big chest, Cousins is huge, Dwight is obviously strong, nothing needs to be said about Shaq, Ewing and Hakeem had wide frames.
I guess my point had more to do with build than frame, but when you think of star Power Fowards and Centers, that weren't built like big burly tanks, the only guy that comes to mind is KG, and we all know he was strong.
This doesn't mean I don't have faith in Anthony Davis. He is a hard worker that will develop into a top 10 player in the league, and subsequently a franchise player. He could very well become better than Cousins and surpase him, and all we can hope for is that Cousins' maturity issues don't hold him back, but just to clarify, back in Janruary, did anyone really think the Kings were actually going to trade him? No way in hell. If I were a GM I'd call the Maloof bros everyday to try to catch them drunk or somthing. That might not work anymore, probably would've last year and early this year, but not really. Both guys are special talents that I want to see succeed. If my Warriors don't get lucky and get Davis, I would love to see him go to Sac-Town with Cousins for the next decade. That would be the frontcourt of the future.
It's the 'brow that puts him over the top
I think he's better offensively than what we give him credit for... Remember not only him Teague, T. Jones, and MKG had to cut some of their offensive attempts off for the betterment of the team... T. Jones used to shoot 15 footers all the time last year... I've rarely seen him take those shots this year... In HS Ant Davis didn't hesistate to shoot... Now it seems he was a little reluctant to... Which is all ok because all of them won a National Championship... KG wasn't this far along at his age... Smaller too... Tim Duncan wasn't even known as a freshman and NO his game wasn't polished... When you compare players you compare them at the age NBA players were at...
People say Shabbazz play like Kobe and that was furthest from the truth to me... Then I realized how Kobe played in HS and it all made sense... I'm not worried about his frame because I think he can add weight... Plus he's not going against PF's that are physically imposing... Outside of Blake and K. Love who is going to put that shoulder into him??? Boozer?? A player that have trouble with length??? Face it, that PF position is soft anyway long gone are C-Webb, young Timmy, young KG, Barkley, and Malone... Yall think Chris Bosh and LA going to knock him on his ass??? Yea right... I'm sure within a year or 2 he's going to be fine... Blake Griffin was just as raw if not worse than Ant offensively and he's averaging 25... Yesterday Ant showed his spin move which Whitley couldn't keep up with... I think he was gassed more than anything else... Calipari did a horrible coaching job in the second half... All in all I don't think Whitley bothered him that much I think it was more him missing shots...
If it takes him 3 years to become an elite level player, than that is quite impressive. Very few big men really blossom that quickly. Even Derrick Rose, a guard, to a couple years to become an elite pg. He was outstanding as a rookie, but not quite unique.
I am not old enough to remember Shaq or Mourning or Sampson as prospects. I have just seen one of Sampsons' games and that was in the NBA (via a tape of old, classic play-off games), so I trust you that he was a superior prospect relative to his era. It is difficult to compare players that far removed from each other, however, because the quality of play has shifted in the past 20 years so much. Players are more athletic and, in most cases, have superior perimeter shooting ability, than players from 20 years ago. Also, the game has changed as more teams play wide-open styles emphasizing the pick-and-roll and scoring quickly on the secondary break.
Davis' success as a freshman is not completely unique, but it has seldom been replicated. Durant was the only player I can recall who had the type of instant success Davis had.
Davis superior productivity over Drummond is not some fluke. Yes, Drummond was in an unfortunate situation and Davis was in a fortunate one, but Drummond did not show the effort level or skill level that Davis did in college. Drummond didn't maximize his physical attributes and is far behind Davis both from a skills and feel for the game standpoint.
You said that KG wasn't as far along as Davis offensively? What? You do know Garnett averaged 10.4 PPG as a 19 year old in the NBA, not COLLEGE,NBA.
^Griffin is actually averaging 21 points per game this season, but I get the point you were trying to make.
When you think about Griffin, and then compare Anthony Davis to him, and then you put Anthony Davis on a scrub a$$ team like the Bobcats, then you might have somthing very special very quickly. I don't know, it's hard to predict how guys will fare in the league, only time will tell how he does.
We not only seen him this year also last year his Senior season... We know what the kid is capable of... Hell even Bilas said the same thing... I'm guessing you've watch 4 games and concluded what he can and can not do... Like I said before remember UK players had to surpress their games this year...
Did you see KG's game??? He even said not until he got older he improved his post game... Mitchell was a big influence on him... KG was the same shape just wirey strong and more explosive... That's it... In fact KG was 6'9 coming into the NBA... And YES I think Anthony Davis can average 10 points as a rookie... Hell Taj Gibson averaged 9 as a rookie playing 26 minutes... It's not that freaking hard...
Watched 4 games? How is that possible when Kentucky came on EVERY SUNDAY? Are you sure you didn't watch 4 games?
And while your talking about what who did what in HS, which doesn't mattter but:
He doesn't have the offensive ability KG had, KG averaged 25.2 PPG, 17.9 RPG,6.7 APG,and 6.5 blocks while shooting 66.8 PPG
While I am aware Davis averaged 32 PPG, 22 RPG, and 8 blocks, name me someone else on his HS team that could have hindered his stats? Nobody
KG had Ronnie Fields who was also a HS ALL American so that took away from KG's production in HS, KG could have averaged well over 40 in HS had Ronnie Fields not been there.
Davis is not ahead of KG at any level or point in there career on the offensive end.
But they dont have a Pg or Sf either, they should have drafted Brandon Knight IMO, I said that from the very beggining...I Think The Lottery Masters will give Davis to a Team In need of That one Piece, I think Washington gets him to pair with Wall and Nene...Wall passing the ball to Davis, Nene, Singleton, Vessely and Crawford sounds very Fun to say the least, I'd pick them on 2K LOL...
But to answer The OG Poster, why so much Anthony Davis hate, you try to cover your bases by saying he'll be good bet not Great, I don't get the arguement of him not Being the # 1 Pick...I would not pick Drummond, Barnes, Robinson or Sullinger over him, I am the biggest PJIII fan on the site and I wouldn't pass Davis up If I had the choice between the Two...
Don't tell me you'd pick one of the Guards over Him, Jeremy Lamb and all his early season hype will be exposed during the draft process, Rivers is a scorer but nothing more, Ross and Wroten have great potential but they are not better prospects than Davis...
Meyers Leonard is a Player that some GM will jump at but NO GM is going to pick him above Davis
Tyler Zeller and John Henson are proven players and will make good rotation players, BUT They ain't going ahead of Either...
Cody Zeller would be the Best Center in The Draft BUT He would not be taken ahead of Davis...
Even Davis's talented teammates aren't worth taking ahead of him, I love Kidd-Gilchrist and T.Jones but they aren't going to be drafted ahead of Anthony Davis...
The only player I'd say as a Higher ceiling is Perry Jones or Andre Drummond, but Drummond is a project and Perry needs just has much work as any prospect in The NBA draft...
Earlier this year he was averaging around 25 so that's why I put that... And I totally agree with you... I think if he has somewhere to shine he'll be ok...
Unless a post player goes to a weak team with less talented guards OR an offense that isn't gaurd heavy he aint getting touches like that in College... How many times have we seen Anthony Davis get touches down low this year??? Name all the previous dominant big men in recent years... They all got their touches... I feel for guys like Miles Plumee and Mason... Especially Miles who improved so much this year.. College Basketball is strictly for gaurds to shine... The most big men can do is block shots and rebound... You not able to post up in a zone... Look at Sully for Ohio State... Since UK were so athletic A LOT of teams played zone versus them... Or double teamed... Lamb and Miller made a KILLING off of that...
Taj Gibson was in college for 3 years and came in the L at 23 years old, bad comparison, KG at 23 was averaging 22 and 11 in the NBA.
And the big men today don't even compare to the bigs back then.
You are just rambling on about nothing... Sh*t sound ok but isn't a great argument what so ever... Because Davis didn't have another 5 Star recruit on his team his stats were inflated??? That's what you saying??? I think you are missing the point here... I only brought up stats to bring some clarity to the situation... You saying KG averaged 10 his rookie year was a big deal so I said Taj Gibson averaged 9... Taj isn't offensively gifted is he??? But the point I'm actually trying to drive home to you is SKILLS... Meaning actual game... KG wasn't hitting 18 foot shots when he came into the league... Or had a Dream like post game... He played similar to Davis...
How isn't it? I clearly said HS has nothing to do with anything, and it is true his stats were inflated because he didn't have another player on that team and if it isn't true well why did you just say it yourself?
You clearly said a few post ago that every player at UK this year had to surpress their game. So if I'm not making sense why didn't Davis average 30 at UK this year like he did in HS? Wanna know why? Because he had other PLAYERS.
He was the #1,2,3,4 and 5 option in HS. He had no choice but to put up numbers. And his HS team SUCKED.
Guarantee you had Davis and Wayne Blackshear had been on the same team in HS Davis would not have averaged 33 a game.
Really??? Really??? Are you kidding me??? KG didn't have to surpress his game in HS and even if he did averaged 40 it still WOULDN'T matter... They are similar offensively at this age... How do you compare talent on a HS team to college??? How?? OJ and Bill had DOMINATING numbers in HS still... So did OJ and Patrick Patterson... I think only a fool would think that players surpress their game in HS... College??? Yes... Especially when you have a team with 6 potential first rounders... Especially when you trying to win a National Championship... Crazy...
Ronnie Fields didn't even get drafted... I understand the car wreck but he wasn't a D. Rose... Stop the madness...
They are not similiar watch what I tell you.
And are you serious? You think guys haven't surpressed their games in HS.
Ever heard of OAK HILL? Lawson,Beasley,Nolan Smith, you mean to tell me those guys didn't surpress their games? Any of these guys went to a charter school where they were 1-5 options they'd averaged 40
Carmello only averaged 22 per game his senior year at Oak Hill, your meaning to tell me had he not went to a charter school where he was the 1st,2nd,3rd,4th and 5th option he wouldn't have averaged 50?
Ronnie Fields didn't have to get drafted he was an All-American in HS.
But we will see next year.
Brandon Jennings averaged 30+ so what are you saying???
And he was the only All American on that team. And the only player you hear of today on that 07-08 team
His team wasn't stacked that 07-08 year.
Thorpe likes him better than Blake from a scouting perspective....
Cousins has 29 and 12 in 27 minutes after 3, shooting 12-21 from the field. I know there are red flags, but the talent is undeniable.
Hey I am no young pup either and I am not caught in the hype either. I too was watched Sampson play at Virginia and still have sports illustrated with Ewing in it when he was senior in HS. The eras are different but for this guy to grow to his height in that short space of time and still be co-ordinated alone is impressive.He plays with intelligence and a calm demeanor. Offensivley I have no idea where he will end up I think the kid is just figuring out his new body. His shot blocking ability will translate I believe. He is good athlete with a lot of intangibles. He is no Michael Olawakandi whether he becomes Duncan or Camby both are very good players for different reasons. All I am saying is from all the years I have seen he will be a good player, and I think as a big man he had one of the best freshman years ever no matter who you compare him too.
demcarcus cousins has the ablility to be unstoppable..... hes an amazing talent..... just shoots to many jumpers
First off, Anthony Davis is my favorite prospect in years. I knew he would end up being number one in this draft for a year or so, and it was not because I thought Drummond would do bad. But first off lets not over rate him. There is nothing more sickening than putting such lofty expectations that it is impossible to reach them. When we do this, we do not appreciate greatness to the degree that we should and take it for granted Take LeBron James for instance. Yeah we all know he is great, but we really do not give him any credit nor appreciate just how great, unique, and a once in a lifetime type of player we are so lucky to witness first-hand. We expected LeBron James to be the best ever and now, even though he still quite possibly can be the best ever, because he is not the best ever by 27 we criticzise him and take his greatness for granted. Please do not let this happen to Anthony Davis. When we say someone is going to be as good as Tim Duncan, without acknowledging a floor, it leaves little room for our expectations to be reached, yet alone surpassed.
With that said, Anthony Davis is still easily worthy of the #1 pick. You said yourself he will get 17 and 10 with a bunch of blocks so I do not know how you would not agree with me there. Who else would go first? The thing is that I could see Davis doing that, but I can also see Davis doing way more than that. The thing is he is somewhat of a mix of Marcus Camby, Kevin Garnett, Chris Bosh, and Tim Duncan. Time will tell if he goes more toward a mix of Bosh and Camby and is a 16 point, 10 rebound, 2 assist, 1 steal, 2.5 block player, which is still real good in its own right and definitley worth the #1 pick still, or if he can become more of a mix of KG and Duncan and is a 23 point, 14 rebound, 5 assist, 2 steal, 4 block player. I mean I highly doubt that last stat line, but if he puts on weight and progresses PERFECTLY it is possible. The thing I am concerned about, and this is different than hating on him because he is my favorite prospect in years and I would love to see him become one of the best talents in the league, is his weight. At his weight now, there will be no way he will be able to dominate the league. He can still be real good and possibly an all-star, but not all-nba. If he can even follow in KG's footsteps and get up to abou 250, he would be in great shape. But please people, don't over rate him it only takes the excitement out even if he does turn out to be all-nba.
Weight will determine if he will be able to be a true "post player" or if he will be more of a weakside defender.
Don't sleep on Cousins either. He is going to be GREAT in this league. To take anyone over Cousins right now is questionable.
Here's the thing with Davis it's not just us here on the board who are making the comparisons to some of the all-time greats. It's nba scouts, gms, and executives as well. ESPN Chad Ford said a GM insists he's "Tim Duncan 2.0" http://articles.philly.com/2012-04-01/sports/31270573_1_chad-ford-national-anthem-louisville/2
I know I wasn't and am not the only one tooting Cousins' horn, and I know his team is still struggling, but you can't overlook a 38 point and now 41 point performance all within the span of 2 weeks. I'm telling you this kid is going to be special, he leads the league in offensive rebounds and plays just 30 minutes per game. He is averaging 18 and 11 at 21 years of age in just 30 minutes per game. He is learning to control his fouls and shot selection, and will only get better with time. I can see a 23 and 11 season easily for next season. I know this seems like a stretch to most but he definatly has the capability, and hopfully his team will start winning soon. Marcus Thorton is great, but he shoots too much, Tyreke needs a position, Isaiah is nice but he still needs some seasoning, and hopefully they get someone like Tyler Zeller next to Cousins. I really wanted my Dubs to trade one pick up for Cousins, even if it meant giving up next year's pick with only top 5 protected or somthing like that, or even Monta and the 6th for DeMarcus. He will be the second best center in the league in the blink of an eye, within the next two to three years. He is imensly strong, he has a polished faceup game, has a lot of room to improve in the low post, and if he improves his shot slection, that 44% shooting can easily go to 48%. I know it seems crazy, but we'll see what happens.
Both BOTH Cousins and Davis will be a franchise player..like i said COusins was worth to be 2nd pick now im saying Davis could make argument for the best prospect since LBJ..
look at those GMs even i'm not saying he is the next Duncan lol it gets crazy
And people complain about Cousins' field goal percentage, if you take away the first five games of the season, than he's been shooting 46% from the field. Still not great numbers for a big that's supposed to be inside, but not as bad as he's been advertised to shoot, and those percentages have been really good the past 6 or so games, and decent the past 25.